auDA to end .au monopoly
The auDA Board has approved the Competition Model Advisory Panel's final report which will open the way for competition in the provision of domain name services in the .au domain.
The approved competition model's features include an open tender process administered by auDA for the provision of registry services for .au second-level domains (2LDs). Registry tenderers are now able to bid for all, some or one of the 2LDs, while registrars accredited by auDA are able to sell domain names in all 2LDs.
AuDA will implement the recommendations by the end of the year and will soon release a full implementation plan and timetable on the auDA Web site.
Distie doubles dollars
Australian wireless distributor Integrity Data Systems said it will double its multi-million-dollar sales revenue in the coming year after signing three new distribution agreements with foreign vendors.
The company, which has recorded year-on-year doubling in sales since its conception five years ago, has signed US vendors SpectraLink, LightPointe and Canadian vendor Colubris Networks. This will extend Integrity's product range in the areas of Virtual Private Network access-point security (Colubris), carrier-grade high bandwidth optical products (LightPointe), and mobile voice handsets for wireless Local Area Networks (SpectraLink).
Lucent retires 8500 early
Lucent Technologies announced last week 8500 of the 10,000 employees who were offered early retirement incentives as a part of the telecommunications equipment maker's job cuts accepted the offer.
The retirement package was announced last month, and eligible employees were given until Tuesday last week to decide whether to accept it.
Lucent spokeswoman Mary Lou Ambrus said Lucent is poised to eliminate even more jobs from its global workforce of 104,000.
Lucent's early retirement incentives and other job cuts are aimed at cutting costs in the midst of a sagging market.